(Guest post by Greg Forster)
Randi Weingarten explained this week that, contrary to the outrageous slander that the unions are against education reform, she’s actually in favor of having the federal government create rigorous national academic standards for public schools, and will remain in favor of it as long as the Democrats are in power. (I’m paraphrasing.)
She writes: “Should fate, as determined by a student’s Zip code, dictate how much algebra he or she is taught?”
So the AFT now endorses the principle that a child’s education should not be determined by Zip code? When did that happen?
And if a child’s Zip code shouldn’t determine how much algebra he or she is taught, why should that determination be made in Washington instead? Apparently the amount of algebra you learn should be determined not by your Zip code, but by your international dialing code.
At least with Zip codes, some families can exercise school choice by moving to a different neighborhood. Yes, it’s an unfair system, since not all families are equally mobile; apparently Weingarten thinks the fair thing to do is to take away the freedom now enjoyed by some parents, so that there will be an equality of unfreedom.
Here we see the real modus operandi of the Left – achieve equality by leveling downward.